Resnick’s Four Cs

This week I have been re-reading Mitchel Resnick’s “Lifelong Kindergarten” and thinking about the teacher’s role in the classroom or other kind of learning/collaborating space. In the “Peers” section of his book Resnick outlines four Cs that he envisions for classroom teachers and Computer Clubhouse mentors: Catalyst: By asking good questions the teacher can provideContinue reading “Resnick’s Four Cs”

Scratch 3.0 is here…በአማርኛ!

On January 2nd Scratch 3.0 was released by MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Program. This newest version of Scratch comes with some amazing new features: an update to the user interface which includes a single, scrollable code menu, the addition of Google Translate and text to speech, and micro:bit support to the Extensions code. IContinue reading “Scratch 3.0 is here…በአማርኛ!”

Scratch and Friends

Scratch, the drag-and-drop visual programming language from MIT, continues to grow in popularity among teachers and students. The statistics tracker on the Scratch website shows: 18,688,109 projects shared, 15,314,275 users registered, 97,400,962 comments posted, 3,069,067 studios created Students are creating, sharing, and remixing Scratch projects…and universities are remixing Scratch itself, building and sharing new flavors ofContinue reading “Scratch and Friends”

Critique: Scratch

Scratch is a colorful, visually-appealing programming tool for children and teenagers. It was developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, “with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, Nokia, and MIT Media Lab research consortia.” With this impressive pedigree, it is impressive that Scratch is also free software.Continue reading “Critique: Scratch”